Glorious Countryside Estates
Live your own fairy tale. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the historical grandeur of classic country houses or experience your own fairytale in a centuries-old castle.
Boutique Hotel & Restaurant BroederenkloosterZutphen, The Netherlands
The Broederenklooster is a former monastery and one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in Zutphen. It’s a place to lose yourself in a history stretching back to the 13th century – and with a chef who was once Switzerland’s youngest to earn a Michelin star. Relax in one of the guestrooms in what was once the dormitory, now equipped with the comforts of today! Look around and become enchanted by Zutphem. Enjoy the culinary devotion in various dishes in the restaurant. Sample the tastiest regional beers in the Beer Bar, indulge in the outstanding gin collection in the Ginbar or descend into the medieval wine cellar for a wine/food tasting.
Burghotel SchnellenbergAttendorn, Germany
Burg Schnellenberg Castle, which towers imposingly above the Hanseatic town of Attendorn, is surrounded by 240 hectares of forest and meadows. The history of the castle dates back to the year 1222 and is now one of the best maintained castles in Westphalia. The stylish hotel in a fairytale atmosphere welcomes its guests with open arms as evidenced by the Latin saying 'stranger does not stay outside, my door opens to the travelling ' above the door. The classically furnished guest rooms all have lovely views. The hotel has a spa and a beautiful chapel where weddings are performed. Dine, like the knights of old, under the crossbow vaults or in the romantic courtyard. The menu features a variety of local and international dishes.
Burghotel-Restaurant Auf SchönburgOberwesel, Germany
The vicinity of the medieval town of Oberwesel is known for its excellent Rhine wines. Steeply sloped vineyards cover the hills. Nature in the Oberes Mittelrheintal is dazzling and listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here, high above the Rhine valley, is lies Burghotel & Restaurant Auf Schönburg. A lovingly restored castle which dates back to the year 966. One look at the photo of this castle hotel in enough to see that it is a bucket-list experience. The rooms have been restored with an eye for detail and for the castle’s history: they feature four-poster beds, alcoves, stained-glass windows, plastered ceilings and balconies with views over the meandering Rhine. The kitchen is well stocked with seasonal and regional produce and the cellar holds the very best regional wines.
Château St. GerlachValkenburg aan de Geul, The Netherlands
Château St. Gerlach is imposing, but there is a homely atmosphere. The estate is located in the middle of the nature of Geul Valley, just outside Valkenburg. Upon arrival, you immediately see the spectacular grand castle and feel surrounded by its beauty. Château St. Gerlach's classically furnished rooms and suites are housed in the former farmhouse. The hotel residences, like Spa & Wellness St. Gerlach, are located in the former marker building and in the granaries. The château is the setting for Les Salons. In the former living quarters of the baron, dishes are served using products from his own garden and orchard as much as possible. In the homely castle farm, located at the entrance of the estate, you are welcome for a drink or lunch. On the fruit arboretum, a rose garden and a vineyard.
Château WittemWittem, The Netherlands
Château Wittem is a place where old charm and modern fine dining come together. The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V stayed here, as did William of Orange. The Wilden family transformed this historic castle into a contemporary boutique hotel with an excellent restaurant. From the 18th century to the 1950s, the castle was the residence of the Merckelbach family, and they were the last to use it as a home. The atmosphere of the decor in the 12 guestrooms is ‘French chic’ and boast classic elegance. Each room has a name and a story related to important figures in the castle’s long history, which goes back to 1125. Restaurant Julemont is named after knight Winand van Julemont, who moved into the chateau around 1200. Chef Guido Braeken brings energy, new ideas and top gastronomy to Wittem. The restaurant serves French classics and regional favourites. Wittem is located between Maastricht and Aachen, but Belgium is also just around the corner.
Culinair landgoed Parc BroekhuizenLeersum, The Netherlands
Culinair Landgoed Parc Broekhuizen offers a very special combination: it is centuries old, yet at the same time contemporary. The hotel, Carriage House and park are rich in historic grandeur. During the restoration, however, contemporary design elements and modern art were added to the splendour of the past. The natural light inside is beautifully atmospheric, and the views of the surrounding parkland and countryside are inspiring. The Parc Broekhuizen country estate is in itself a wonderful place to spend time relaxing. Culinair Landgoed Parc Broekhuizen has five charming salons for meetings, events and private dining.
De HavixhorstDe Schiphorst, The Netherlands
Château hotel and restaurant De Havixhorst is housed in a manor from 1753 in the beautiful Reest Valley. With spacious suites, an exclusive restaurant and an authentic Courtyard – where lunch and dinner are served in fine weather – this hotel- restaurant is magnificent in appearance. Perhaps this is the reason why the storks return to their nest on the chimneys each spring? In the castle’s gardens, landscaped in French baroque-style, you will find art from prominent contemporary artists. The former Coach House has been transformed into one of six classy reception areas. The vaulted cellar is home to a great collection of wines, in which regular wine tastings are held. The restaurant serves many dishes using regional products: vegetables, herbs and fruits come from its own garden as much as possible. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area. Take a lovely walk through the Reest valley, visit the stork station De Lokkerij, go punting in Giethoorn or look for ancient dolmens.
De Rooi Pannen TilburgTilburg, The Netherlands
In a green suburb of Tilburg, you will find the characteristic monastery of De Rooi Pannen Tilburg. De Rooi Pannen owes its name to the striking red roof tiles that are on the monastery. While the outside of the building breathes history, the inside is completely contemporary. The hotel rooms are furnished by well-known hotel chains such as. The dynamics of the young student community that runs the hotel, led by passionate professors, create a professional and hospitable atmosphere. De Rooi Pannen Tilburg is the perfect base from which to explore the surprising city centre of Tilburg or to enjoy the green surroundings.
Hotel Flora BatavaNieuwersluis, The Netherlands
The Vecht region is a beautiful, diverse area with numerous estates, castles, forts, windmills and nature reserves. Enjoy water sports activities in the Loosdrecht lakes and afterwards seek the blissful tranquillity. Park the sloop at the dock and follow the footpath through the enchanting garden. That is where you will find boutique hotel Flora Batava, a real eye-catcher on the banks of the river Vecht.
Hotel PrinsenhofGroningen, The Netherlands
De Prinsenhof was founded in 1436 as a monastery for the Brethren of Common Life. Later it became the residence of stadtholder William Frederick of Nassau-Dietz (1613-1664), before being used as barracks and a military hospital. Centrally located in the shadows of the Martini tower, on the edge of the memorable Martini cemetery, Hotel Prinsenhof offers oak wood parquet floors, the finest bed linen and Acqua di Parma toiletries in all its rooms. The abbey church with its imposing hearth currently serves as the hotel’s Grand Café and has a walled terrace at the front. Restaurant Nassau, with its view of the Prinsentuin is housed in the former sleeping quarters of Stadtholder Willem Frederik and his wife Albertine Agnes. The renaissance garden dates from 1626 and features a rose garden, a herb garden, two romantic bowers and a monumental sun dial.
Hotel Villa RuimzichtDoetinchem, The Netherlands
The monumental building of Villa Ruimzicht was built in 1853 and became property of the Christelijke Philantropische Inrichtingen (Christian Philanthropic Institutions) in 1868 and served as a training institute for ministers. The building has been completely transformed into a 4-star hotel, with spacious guest rooms decorated in mainly white tones, two restaurants, a bar and a cooking studio. Hotel Villa Ruimzicht is surrounded by its own park with unusual trees. There is a 140-year-old Sequoia tree and several lawns. There is a large terrace and several verandas. When the weather is nice, breakfast, lunch or dinner is served here.
Hotel VitznauerhofVitznau, Switzerland
There are few places on earth where all the beauties of nature converge. At the foot of the Mount Rigi (1,797 metres) stands Hotel Vitznauerhof. The boutique hotel with historic walls, art nouveau details and modern design elements is harmoniously embedded in the imposing surroundings at the edge of the crystal clear waters of mystical Lake Lucerne. The host Raphael Herzog runs the Hotel Vitznauerhof with great passion and is supported by an equally dedicated team. 53 stylish rooms and suites, glamping tents as well as three first-class restaurants and a bar - all with unique views of the lake and the enchanting mountain panorama - invite you to enjoy and experience gastronomy at a high level. Restaurant Sens, the culinary flagship, serves regional specialities and modern creations.
Kasteel EngelenburgBrummen, The Netherlands
Enjoy the historic ambiance of this impressive castle on the edge of the Veluwe. At Kasteel Engelenburg you can eat, drink and sleep to an exceptional standard and have a splendid 9-hole golf course at your disposal. The English Lounge at Kasteel Engelenburg houses one of the largest collections of single malt whiskies in the Netherlands. Wine lovers will not be disappointed here either. In the 16th century the first owner of the castle, Jacob Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, traded in German wines. Nowadays, they have an excellent collection of various wines. The rooms and suites are furnished partly in antique style, and are situated in the Coach House, the Orangery or in the Cape House, which has the atmosphere of a Cape winery. The fairytale view from the 19th century conservatory restaurant over the moat and golf course will transport you back to another era. Dinner is of course complemented with excellent wines.
Kasteel KerckeboschZeist, The Netherlands
It was in the early 20th century that Jonkheer Egbert Lintelo de Geer set about the construction of Kasteel Kerckebosch, a splendid castle in the woodland around the town of Zeist. Antiques and ornaments from restored churches and castles in the area give the interior its dis- tinctive style. There are two antique doors with cast iron knockers from the cathedral in Utrecht, and the fireplace in the salon came from an 18th- century Amsterdam canal house. During the recent refurbishments of the hotel, owners Cynthia Schell and Hans van Triest stylishly complemented the original interior with contemporary elements. The authentic hotel rooms are spread over two sections with a total of 5 different room types.
Kasteel de WittenburgWassenaar, The Netherlands
Kasteel De Wittenburg was built in 1899 by the aristocrat Helenus Marinus Speelman, a descendent of Cornelis Speelman, a 17th-century governor of the Dutch East Indies – modern-day Indonesia. Designed as a country retreat, this stately home has been run since the 1960s by the De Wittenburg Society as an international meeting centre, and has welcomed countless captains of industry, ministers, and foreign dignitaries. Each of the ten stylish guestrooms has an atmosphere of its own, an excellent bathroom and a view of the surrounding estate. The basement houses the contemporary French and Asian restaurant Sophie, named after Speelman’s wife, Sophie Adriënne baroness Sloet van Oldruitenborgh. The couple travelled widely as you can still see from the exquisite Chinese vases they brought home as souvenirs.
Kasteelhoeve de KerckhemNieuwerkerken, Belgium
Nestled in the beautiful undulating Limburg landscape in the Haspengouw region lies Kasteelhoeve de Kerckhem. The Courtyard’s tranquil atmosphere is soothing and relaxing. The coat-of-arms above the front door refers to 1648 when the noble De Kerckhem Family restored the medieval farm house. This country house is the perfect starting point for discovering Belgian Limburg. The region is full of surprises such as blossoming fruit trees, venerable castles, antique markets and beautiful golf courses. The comfortable country style hotel rooms feature richly adorned warm hues and tasteful furnishings. Apart from the charming tower room, the hotel also features a library, open fireplace, honesty bar and dining room for festive dinner parties.
Kasteeltje HattemRoermond, The Netherlands
The smallest castle in the Netherlands, Kasteeltje Hattem, nestles in Roermond city park. Surrounded by trees and greenery, complete with a moat and pond, this authentic castle now is a little paradise for connoisseurs. The former coach houses have been converted into comfortable hotel suites, spacious and light in colour with crisp interiors. The stylish restaurant is in the castle, open for lunch and dinner, featuring a gastronomic à la carte menu as well as a smaller lunch menu. In fine weather relax on the sunny terrace. The restaurant and the hotel are closed on Sundays after breakfast.
KronenschlösschenEltville am Rhein, Germany
Kronenschlösschen is set in a private park in the picturesque town of Eltville-Hattenheim, not far from Wiesbaden, between the Rhine and the vineyards. The rooms and suites are tastefully and comfortably decorated. The Turmsuite in particular has an extraordinary history: it was here that in 1947, Konrad Adenauer, Theodor Heuss and Carlo Schmidt spent weeks writing the German constitution. The Rheingau region boasts one of the most beautiful landscapes in Germany. In the immediate area there are plenty of sights to see and historic buildings to visit.
Kruisherenhotel MaastrichtMaastricht, The Netherlands
In Maastricht city centre, in the former Kruisheren monastery, you will find the Kruisherenhotel Maastricht. A unique place uniting ancient history and design. The comfortable and contemporary rooms are in the 15th century monastery, the gatekeeper’s house and adjacent Casa Nova. The reception, boardrooms, a library and wine bar with ‘aboveground wine cellar’ are situated in the monumental gothic church of the monastery. The modern interior is designed by interior architect Henk Vos and the German lighting artist Ingo Maurer. Every morning, noon and evening you can enjoy various culinary surprises with accompanying wines in the nave of the church, on the mezzanine.
Landgoed Hotel & Restaurant CarelshavenDelden, The Netherlands
Carelshaven had an important function in the region from as early as 1772. It lies on the grand Twickel estate, which covers an area of forty-three square kilometres, and includes 150 farmhouses. The name Carelshaven refers to the harbour on the Twickelervaart, a waterway that once connected the little town of Delden with Amsterdam, via the river Regge and the Zuiderzee. The canal was constructed by Carel George, count of Wassenaer Obdam, who lived in Twickel castle. Carelshaven began as a modest bargeman’s inn, and has developed over the centuries to become a celebrated hotel. Its symmetrical shapes, wide veranda and white rendered walls give the hotel a 19th-century appearance. For many years the interior was in classic style, but in recent years, the new owners Alco and Evelyn van Berkel have gradually brought this illustrious hotel into the 21st century. A number of the guestrooms have been modernised, as have the restaurant and bar. The cuisine is contemporary, but the menu also includes classic seasonal dishes.
Leerhotel Het KloosterAmersfoort, The Netherlands
Leerhotel Het Klooster is not only in a beautiful location, it also introduces you to its special history. The beautiful building is a national monument from 1952. In the 1950s, the Order of the Crusaders established a monastery here where they provided education and accommodation for travellers. Leerhotel Het Klooster is a place where historic charm and young hospitality talent meet, both the hotel and restaurant are run by students. Imagine yourself in the beautiful courtyard garden and relax by the pond. The Klooster is a hidden gem with the allure of a hotspot. It is the ideal base for discovering the beauties of Amersfoort and its surroundings.
RÜSSELs LandhausNaurath (Wald), Germany
On a tributary of the Mosel river, between the vineyards of the Mosel and the Saar-Ruwer, you will find RÜSSELs Landhaus. For wine lovers this romantic valley of the river Dhron is a wonderful place. The varied surroundings feature woodlands and meadows, as well as vineyards are well worth a visit. The individually designed rooms and suites in this beautiful country house are rustic, modern or themed, such as a Mediterranean. Each suite has a large, luxurious bathroom with bathtub. The hotel’s large garden at the rear is at the edge of the forest. Relaxing in one of the loungers, you are sure to enjoy the sun and lovely scenery.
Schloss EbersteinGernsbach, Germany
Once you have had a meal on the terrace of Schloss Eberstein you will realise: this is a unique place. The views over the Murgtal and the Black Forest are unforgettable and will inspire you to go for long walks or bicycle rides or a stroll through the historic town of Gernsbach.
Schlosshotel HugenpoetEssen-Kettwig, Germany
Take all the time you can to enjoy this treasure of cultural heritage. Schlosshotel Hugenpoet can genuinely be described as unique, a place that meets your every expectation. The impressive interior of this elegant castle has a history stretching back over centuries – Hugenpoet has been passed down through generation after generation of barons in the von Fürstenberg family.
Stadspaleis OldRuitenborghVollenhove, The Netherlands
Historic Vollenhove is perhaps one of the best kept secrets of the eastern Netherlands. For centuries, fishermen set sail from the harbour on what was once the open sea, but today is an inland waterway – the little town has been enveloped by reclaimed land. In the 17th century, Vollenhove had no fewer than 17 stately manor houses, which earned it the name ‘City of Palaces’.
The Duke SuitesNistelrode, The Netherlands
This enchanting villa, nestled in a tranquil wooded setting, envelops you in the ambiance of an ancient English country estate. The 18 generous suites, each with over 70 square meters of space, a view of nature, and the golf course, offer you the ultimate place to relax or be productive.
WinselerhofLandgraaf, The Netherlands
The Winselerhof from the 16th century was originally a charming country manor. Currently the manor farm is a unique hotel with Italian restaurant. Winselerhof is renowned for its wonderful atmosphere, traditional farmhouse charm and warm hospitality. Most of the rooms are located around the characteristic court yard. The hotel offers the perfect ambience with a crisp interior and marvellous view of Limburg’s countryside from the restaurant.
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